The John Druce era has started off on a winning note for the Wellington Dukes.
Declan Carlile’s goal with 37 seconds left in overtime gave the Dukes a 5-4 win over the Trenton Golden Hawks and a 2-1 lead in the Battle of Quinte on Friday night.
The win also gave the new Dukes coaching staff their first victory after a busy and tumultuous last few days.
Both teams got their offence going at Essroc Arena last night. Jackson Arcan, Geoff Lawson, Colin Doyle and Mitchell Martan added the other goals for Wellington. Rex Moe scored twice for the G-Hawks, while Caleb Boman and Tiger McDonald also tallied.
Jonah Capriotti stopped 24 pucks in the win for the Dukes, while Will Rawski played well for Trenton before suffering an injury in the third period and was replaced by Carson Poulin.
Final shots favoured Wellington 38-28.
Next action for the Dukes is Sunday at 2 p.m, when they welcome the Lindsay Muskies to Essroc Arena. Trenton meantime, is off for a week until next Friday when they host the Pickering Panthers.
The final game this regular season between the two Quinte-area clubs is February 23 in Trenton.